In Summary
  • The DP’s team said they would not allow propaganda and falsehoods to derail government agenda.

  • MPs who support the President and Raila’s pact rebrand as ‘Team Kenya’.

  • The MPs said the Uhuru-Raila pact had brought peace and stability in the country and united Kenyans and that those fighting it were targeting the Head of State.

Politicians allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto Sunday heightened their war of words over corruption and unity.

In Nairobi, 14 MPs allied to President Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga — drawn from Jubilee Party, Kanu and ODM — branded themselves as ‘Team Kenya’ and voiced support for the handshake as they called for intensified crackdown on graft.

PROPAGANDA

Led by MPs Mercy Gakuya, Ngunjiri Wambugu, Joshua Kutuny and TJ Kajwang, the politicians demanded the sacking of top government officials implicated in corruption and de-whipping in Parliament of any leader opposed to the graft war.

The MPs said the Uhuru-Raila pact had brought peace and stability in the country and united Kenyans and that those fighting it were targeting the Head of State.

Others in the team that held rallies in Mwiki were MPs Simba Arati, Gathoni Wamuchomba, Maoka Maore, Maina Kamanda, Millie Odhiambo, William Kamket, Ruth Mwaniki, Anthony Oluoch, Caleb Hamisi and Gladwel Tungo.

In Kakamega, DP Ruto said he was counting on support of the church to deliver on the government's pledges.

He led 10 politicians, including a governor, Senate Speaker and MPs in warning that they would not allow propaganda and falsehoods to derail the government’s agenda.

Sunday’s political activities depicted the widening rift in Jubilee even as Dr Ruto put on a brave face, declaring that all was well and that members were fully behind President Kenyatta's leadership.

The division appears to have sucked in government officials as top Interior ministry officials and police skipped Dr Ruto’s launch of a police station in Nakuru on Saturday.

In Murang’a, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria announced he was in the process of registering a political outfit for the Mt Kenya region.

TURMOIL

“We erred when we dissolved our party The National Alliance because Jubilee is an amorphous vehicle and we can’t plan about Mt Kenya through it. I shall register a political party that Mt Kenya leaders will use to plan for our future stake in government,” he said.

Kandara MP Alice Wahome and her Maragua counterpart Mary Waithira now want President Kenyatta to quell the ever rising political temperatures, saying the country is headed to a political turmoil. They blamed the high octane political fight to the recent withdrawal of security detail of leaders allied to Dr Ruto.

Political analysts say President Kenyatta’s studious silence has only served to raise tensions within his party.

Yesterday, Jubilee secretary-general Raphael Tuju said the two political formations are “mere creations and hot air”.

“None have given indications that they are no longer members of Jubilee and ventured into other political affiliations and I treat such formations as fiction,” Mr Tuju said.

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